Challenges, activities and resources from the Centrepoint engagement team.
The impact of Coronavirus has been huge, and inescapable for us all. But, for young people experiencing homelessness or social exclusion, it is even more devastating, and comes with a unique set of challenges.
Here at Centrepoint, we’re helping young people navigate these new, challenging times. This pack provides resources for young people to remain engaged, active and connected during self isolation, as well as useful links and tips on general health and wellbeing.
Every two weeks, for as long as we are unable to deliver our usual Engagement programmes, we will be launching three exciting challenges around the themes of our regular activity; Arts, Sport and Food. Many of these challenges will be set by famous faces, with even more taking part alongside our incredible young people.
All activities and challenges can be done with minimal resources, in any space. We want these to be fully inclusive, with as many people as possible taking part.
Centrepoint’s Engagement offer uses an innovative and empowering approach which blends artistic, culinary and sports skills with important practical life skills. What we do is proven to transform young lives positively; engaging, inspiring, motivating and providing our young people with the tools and confidence they need to move their lives forwards.
Our Art Programme, known as ‘STUDIO’, is delivered in collaboration with inspirational creatives and high-profile industry partners. Young people create work through film, visual arts and performance that elevates their stories and ideas, and provides them with a platform for self-expression. They are then given the opportunity to platform their talent at famous venues such as the Saatchi Gallery, Soho Theatre and the Tate.
Food brings people together, and cooking encourages them to try new things. It requires structure and patience, whist also encouraging passion and creativity. Our food programmes are all delivered in a fun and sociable environment, where young people are able to cook the food they like, before enjoying it together at the end of the session.
We harness the inspiring power of sport through partnerships with the likes of Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC. With a focus on street football, our weekly training sessions allow our young people to experience what it is like to belong to a professional football club. Thanks to a unique partnership with the FA we are also able to provide the incredible opportunity for some of our participants to train at St George’s Park, before representing England at international tournaments across the globe, including the Homeless World Cup.
During this unsettling time, with everyone confined for an indeterminate period, we know that many young people will be finding it hard to adapt; social distancing and quarantine measures directly increase the risk of our young people feeling isolated.
Although we are currently unable to deliver any Engagement activity, we believe that our key principles are more important than ever. It is imperative that our young people retain a sense of purpose and belonging as well as feel connected within a community. They also should be enabled to replace any physical contact that has been lost. Most importantly of all, they must stay mentally and physically active.
There are several simple steps which young people can take immediately to mitigate some of the risks around social isolation. Firstly, it is important that they should keep a schedule.Within these schedules should be focused time on positive activity. This can take the form of many things including exercise, arts and crafts, or even the simple task of making food.
And although research suggests that decreasing social media use can decrease the risk of depression and loneliness, these unprecedented times call for an adjustment of approach. Active use of social media – more time contributing and less time simply scrolling – will be increasingly important, particularly when in isolation. It is more important for young people to focus on active, positive and real interaction on social platforms – and this is where Centrepoint’s challenges come in…
Every other Monday, we will be launching three exciting challenges, covering Sport, the Arts and Food. Young people are encouraged to submit as much evidence of participation as possible, including photographs and videos.
After two weeks we will present the highlights from each challenge on Centrepoint’s social pages, including Instagram. These will include some very famous faces giving our challenges a go!
If uploading to Instagram people are encouraged to @centrepointuk and use the hashtag #CentrepointChallengeAccepted.
If you know a young person who would like to take part in the challenges, download our staff activity pack below for more details.
StaffActivityPack (932.33 KB pdf)